LibriVox recording of Studies in the Art of Rat-catching by Henry C. Barkley. Read in English by Clive Catterall This book is often described as an instruction manual on the subject of rat-catching. It does indeed contain a good deal about rats, ferrets and dogs, but it is much more than that. Barkley fills the book with humour, sharp observation, and his sheer joy of living in the countryside. The framework of the book is indeed a course by fictional rat-catcher Bob Joy, who suggests that rat-catching might be a suitable alternative career for boys at Eton, Harrow and the other major English public schools. We follow Bob as he takes us through some typical days working at both rat catching and rabbit catching using dogs and ferrets.
Barkley adds in more sly digs at the public school system, stories about dogs, stories about country folk, and more stories about dogs. A glorious hodge-podge of a book. (Clive Catterall)
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December 16, 2016 Subject:
Studies in the Art of Rat-Catching
Studies in the Art of Rat-Catching is a forgotten book, but in an unusual way. It has an entry at The Neglected Books, and it's available in a perfect narration by LibriVox volunteer Clive Catterall, so not totally forgotten. More so, it was the basis for Crispin H. Glover's 1999 reinterpretation Rat Catching which had modest success, though few seem to have gone back to read the original. There is much to untangle here, and for that I leave it to the reader to discover the joys of the hunt. This is a delightful ramble.